Thursday, May 26, 2022

Game 43

Braves 6, Phillies 5
Game 43 - Tuesday Night, May 24th in Atlanta
Record - 20-23, Tied for 2nd Place, 8 games behind the Mets

One Sentence Summary:  Despite late heroics from Bryce Harper, the Phillies bullpen imploded yet again, handing the Braves a 6-5 win.

What It Means:  On a truly awful day in our country, this game didn't really seem to matter much.

What Happened:  Harper did his best to single-handedly deliver a victory for the Phillies, tying the game at 2-2 with an RBI double in the sixth, getting the Phillies to within a run with an RBI-single in the seventh, and finally delivering a go-ahead two-run home run off Braves' closer Kenley Jansen in the top of the ninth.  Harper's blast travelled 438 feet, and he finished the game having gone 3 for 5 with four RBIs.

Reliever James Norwood couldn't retire a batter in the sixth, allowing a pair of runs on three hits and a walk.  Nick Nelson, with Corey Knebel apparently unavailable, tried to close out the game with a wrap-around appearance.  Manager Joe Girardi's gamble on Nelson failed miserably as the reliever allowed a lead-off double in the bottom of the ninth and then uncorked a wild pitch.  A fly ball hit by Ronald Acuna, Jr. was dropped by center fielder Roman Quinn, allowing the Braves to tie the game.  William Contreras then singled home the winning run.

Featured Card:  No card for this post.  I wanted to share the comments delivered from the radio voice of the Phillies, Scott Franzke below.  In Franzke's words, "Choose your way to help, please."

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